China Scrambles to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak ahead of Lunar New Year

The platforms of Shijiazhuang Railway Station., cc modified, wikicommons Windmemories,


The latest news out of China is mixed. On one hand, the Chinese economy grew by 6.5% over the fourth quarter, making it the only major economy to post annual growth in 2020. On the other, a worsening COVID-19 outbreak in the northeast threatens a repeat of the wide dispersion of the virus witnessed during the 2020 Lunar New Year.

The state authorities have now recorded six consecutive days of triple-digit increases, with cases concentrated in Hebei and Heilongjiang. Yet actions being taken by the governments of affected provinces suggest the possibility of a more serious outbreak than what the official numbers reflect.

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